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Casale: This and That

Community voice

Jenny Casale
Jenny Casale

Last month’s column found me reminiscing about my first winter as a Western Trails subdivision resident. I made light of that winter’s similarity to this brutally cold and snowy season. In anticipation of warmer weather I did not have a problem encouraging everyone to make the best of what old man winter was dishing out.

Although a change for the better seems to be taking a bit longer than I expected, I am going to remain optimistic and try to enjoy both the indoor and outdoor activities and hope you can too.

Educational fun at library

Regardless of the weather, the Carol Stream Public Library offers many fun and educational activities for all ages.

One such activity for the kiddies is the Lego Builders’ Club with the next meeting between 11 a.m. and noon March 22.

Kids – and parents who want to join in – just need to bring their imagination. The Legos will be provided along with a theme idea.

Before the Lego compositions are displayed in the library, participants will have time to talk about their creations.

“It’s going really well,” said Pat Roche, assistant youth services’ department head, regarding the club that has been ongoing for nearly two years.

From 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. the same day, the kids can participate in the library’s Money Smart Week, Piggy Bank Parade. The banks and supplies will be provided, and while the paint dries, the group will share some “Pig Tales.”

The banks will go on display through April 12, at which time they can be picked up.

Preregistration is required for both events and may be made by calling 630-653-0755.

Food drive collection

The holidays are not the only time the less fortunate look to food pantries to feed their families.

Hunger is a year-round problem, and our local food pantry shelves need to be replenished.

For this reason each year, the Rotary of Carol Stream sponsors Carol Stream’s Community Wide Food Drive.

The actual food drive is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Glenbard North High School, 990 N. Kuhn Road. However, plans are well underway to recruit residents, businesses, scouts, schools, organizations and others to participate.

There are many ways to support this event, from collecting items at your business to holding a food drive in your neighborhood.

Informational meetings are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 27 at Carol Stream Village Hall, 550 N. Gary Ave.

For information, call Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Luanne Triolo Newman at 630-665-3325 or 630-918-9008.

To contact Jenny Casale, email her at

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